The exhibition features approximately 100 key works organized around the themes that inspired Jean-Michel Basquiat in the course of his intense career, cut short by his untimely death at age 27. Though Basquiat soon left the conceptual graffiti of his early days behind to exhibit in art galleries, his paintings use the language and symbols of the street, creating images that honor black men as kings and saints.
As an artist, he immersed himself in high art and graffiti, jazz and rap, punk and pop culture, anatomy textbooks and comics, and then channeled this complexity into sophisticated, layered works that presaged today's internet culture.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time, an unprecedented exhibition in Europe that includes roughly 100 large-scale paintings and drawings from public and private collections across the United States and Europe. This show, organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is the first thematic examination of Basquiat's output and has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Iberdrola.
Already famous at the age of 20 for his groundbreaking drawings and paintings, Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960–d. 1988) took the New York art world by storm in the early 1980s. He gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, politics, and social hypocrisy. Although his career was cut short, his works remain hugely influential.
Described by the artist himself as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual,” Basquiat's vivid and poignant work regularly referenced street art, given his beginnings in conceptual graffiti and his use of salvaged materials such as abandoned doors and packing crates as canvases.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the Spanish premiere of Shahzia Sikander's Parallax (2013) from July 16 to November 22, 2015. This is the fifth work screened in the newly-opened Film & Video Gallery of the Museum devoted to video art, video installations and the moving image since 2014.
Parallax is a multi-channel installation consisting of hundreds of digitally animated gouache drawings. The artist's starting point for this piece is the contested territory of the Strait of Hormuz. In 2012 and 2013 Sikander traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Sharjah Biennial. It was there that she drew numerous details of the land, sea and desert, which she expanded digitally to create her audiovisual piece. The original score is by composer Du Yun in collaboration with three local Sharjah poets.
Parallax examines mechanisms of power and ideas of conflict and tension over the control of strategically desired geography, a place where one-fifth of world's total oil passes. Historical events that create tumult in colonial territories, naval warfare, the East India Company, imperial air and land travel routes and maritime trade all underlie Shahzia Sikander's oeuvre. In addition to exploring the factors involved in historical redaction, Parallax investigates discourse styles, verbal and poetic language, migration patterns, cultural quarantine, interaction and identity.
Shahzia Sikander is an international artist whose pioneering practice takes Indo-Persian miniature painting—a traditional style that is both highly stylized and disciplined—as a point of departure. Sikander received her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. She challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium based restriction, by experimenting with scale and media including animation, video, performance, and large scale murals and installations. Sikander's innovative expansion on this traditional genre helped launch a major resurgence of work with miniature painting beginning in the 1990s at her alma mater in Lahore, which spread and brought international recognition to this medium within contemporary art practices.
Sikander was given the Medal of Excellence (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) from the Government and State of Pakistan. She is also a recipient of the U.S. Department of State's inaugural Medal of Arts Award and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius award.”
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